Now, there are times when I've been able to play for a few hours without any problem (most notibly when playing Ragnarok), but then for most games, I only last a few minutes before the whole system crashes.
To be a bit more detailed about my crash, it seems as if the monitor goes into Stand-By and just shuts off. The rest of my computer sounds normal hardware wise (meaning I dont notice the harddrive stopping or anything sputtering or clicking). I am unable to perform any keyboard comands or soft-resets to get back or to even reboot the system, I have to manually reset the computer by holding down my power-button for a few seconds. After that the computer seems to have no problem starting back up again, and no errors are reported by the computer.
I am able to use the computer for pretty much anything else days on end without having the slightest problem. Browsing the internet, burning cds, downloading large files, typing, and even light games (java / flash based games) dont slow me down.
In order to remedy this problem, I've been narrowing down what I may believe to be hardware problems. At first I thought my CPU was overheating (due to my lack of cooling products and/or no AC in my enclosed room), but after purchasing a brandnew CPU and Thermatake fan (sounds like a jet-engine) I continued having the problem. So then I thought it to be my ram being faulty or overheating, so I replaced all the sticks with new ram and bought heatshims just in case. Ofcourse, this all lead me to believe i may have had a faulty mobo, so I replaced that too with a better one. I was intending to replace all these anyway becasue I wanted to upgrade, so I took the opportunity and upgraded.
I'm happy with my new stuff, but it still hasn't remedied the problem and I'm down to the PSU and the graphics card (which should have been the first thing I changed, but it took me long enough to get this one). Now I'm having financial problems and I don't want to change something that isn't going to fix my problem.
I've asked around, but no one has a straight answer, and I do not know what steps to take to even find out what the problem is, let alone how to solve it. If there is anyone who could point me in the right direction, if not help me find an answer, I would strongly appreciate it. My last resort is to send it to a repair shop, but alas, that leads to more financial expenditures.
Can someone help me out? I could be looking at this all wrong and it might be a software issue, but, like i said, I've no idea where to start!
Thanks for the time!